The wife and I both ride cycles and are looking at relocating someplace in TN in about 3 years, maybe less. I have relation in Cleveland TN and we did find some nice areas close to them but the area around Maryville looked real nice for motorcycle rides and Lake Tellico looked like a nice spot for the once and awhile day on the water.
We tend to do day or long weekend trips on bikes and it appeared that it would be a long time before you run out of locations to head for, with the Carolina's out your back door as well.
Age wise I will be 53 and the wife will be 51 so she will have to work a little but hopefully we would have plenty of riding time and much nicer weather than up north. Any input on the area form the TN people?
Maryville seems like a nice area, I ride through there sometimes and your right East TN is as close to motorcycle paradise as it gets, lots of great riding, I live 30 miles north of Ktown and the riding never gets old and then there's always the 2 or 3 trips a year we do on the Blue Ridge Parkway, only about 2 Hrs. away for me, and we rode all the way into December last year. Hope your move goes well and welcome to Tennessee.
You can't go wrong either way. Maryville area is more "pricy" than Cleveland and the choice of lakes is about the same (about 3 for each) Riding places, North Ga.,Ocoee, Blue Ridge Pky, Asheville all within day rides, Boone NC 348 miles from Cleveland thru Cherokee and the Pky. and last, the beach at Panama City FL is only 450 miles away (just a day ride) With some heated clothes you can ride ALL winter which is great NO BUGS!
I have a place in outside of Madisonville. Not much there. Its actually closer to Maryville but traffic wise, better to go to Athens. Athens has all I will ever need.
I am 6 miles from the TN end of the Cherohla Parkway.
We actually prefer to build so I may need to locate a builder. I say may as the relative in Cleveland will build for us even as far away as Maryville if he can survive the current economy. I know he is hoping for things to pick up with VW and Wacker moving to the area.
I like the sounds of nearly year around riding we sure are not likely to have that here in WI.
Grew up in Knoxville. Anywhere in the metro area would be nice. Maryville, Oak Ridge, Athens, Halls Cross Roads area.
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We moved to Townsend Tn. from Okeechobee Fl. in April 08 and have never regretted it. Townsend is 15 miles east of Maryville and thats where we do our shopping,out to eat, medical needs entertainment and so on.
If you like country music, Maryville host the Foothills Fall Festival every Oct. with lots of top performers. There is always something going on. The people are the most freindly that you will find anywhere.
In the last 2 years we have ridden alot of miles over this country, East & West and don't think you can find any place better to ride.
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The feed back is great, we do ride and own a ATV as well as the Motorcycles and if there was use for them would like another ATV or UTV. I did ask my cousin about ATV use in TN but since he does not have one he did not know anything about them. Our kids are sort of grown up now so the new ATV we bought last winter is mainly used for plowing snow and hauling a little firewood around.
Townsend, Oakridge and other areas out of the big city, but still close by are appealing, we currently have 2 1/3 ac. with some woods and a year around creek on it and only 7 miles into the city, if we want.
We do love country music and I just learned about the fall festival as it was happening down there. It sounds like something to look forward to each year.